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Now the weather has turned, autumn is here, we are returning back to thinking of activities we can do indoors and the children decided they wanted to do a puppet show.
Firstly, we had to make the puppets. With little children, the puppets needed to be very simple. Here is what we did:
What you need:
- Lollipop sticks
How to make the stick puppets:
- Draw pictures of animals or people on some paper
- Cut out the pictures
- Sellotape them to the stick and voila = Stick puppet
It is very simple, but the children loved it and then of course, you have hours of fun playing with the puppets.
We made a theatre by using a large cardboard box opened out and threw a blanket over it. The children sat behind it making up stories with their puppets.
It is such a wonderful thing to listen to your children make up stories and work together for the same goal, of entertaining mummy
Simple fun maths games for early years
When trying to help little children learn to count and do simple maths, it is important to make it fun. Children learn best through play. Here are a few very easy but fun ways to get little children counting and adding/subtracting.
Egg box game
What you need:
- 1 egg box (6 or 12, depending on how difficult you want to make it)
- 1 pen
- 20 coins or beans
- 2 players
Before you start playing, you need to write a number in every hole of the egg box.
How to play:
- Divide the coins/beans between the two players
- Place the egg box a distance away from both players
- Take it in turns to throw 2 coins/beans into the egg box, youngest player first
- See what numbers the coins/beans land on, then the player who threw them has to add the two numbers together. If they get it right, they keep the coins/beans, if they get it wrong, they are given to the other player.
- If a coin/bean misses the egg box, they are given to the other player
- The person with the most coins/beans at the end is the winner
You can increase the numbers in the egg box as the children get better.
You can also use the game to teach subtraction the same way. Just subtracting the two numbers instead of adding.
You could also decorate the box nicely to make it more appealing to little ones.
BB loved this game, we played several rounds of it.
What you need:
- 1 pen
- Colouring pencils/pens
- 1 or 2 dice
Before you play, you need to draw a simple picture in pen. I drew a large ice cream as that is very simple to draw, then divide the picture into 6 or 12 sections (depending on how many dice you are using). Number each section.
How to play
- Player 1 rolls the dice
- They then have to count the number on each dice and add the numbers together
- They then colour in the corresponding number on their picture
- Player 2 does the same
- Player 1 rolls the dice again and so on
- If they have already coloured in that corresponding number, play is passed to the next player
- The first player to colour in the whole picture wins
For younger players, you can use just one dice, and only 6 sections on the picture. This helps little ones with counting the dots on the dice and recognising their numbers, before learning to add.
All three of my children enjoyed playing these games and we will be playing again.
Why is there never enough hours, minutes or even seconds in the day???
Time is whizzing past, I am busy non stop and yet I still don’t seem to have enough time to do everything!
Toddlers and preschoolers seem to take up almost all of my time. I try to spend time playing, reading, doing crafts and cooking with them, but I still feel guilty it is not enough time. I do the cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing every day and I still feel the house is a mess!
I go to an exercise class once a week, but would still like to do more. I play in a brass band which rehearses once a week, but never get time to practice (but don’t tell them?!!).
I am writing this website, but it is progressing so slowly as I don’t have the time to spend on it. I am loving writing the blog, but wish there was a fast track way of improving it and getting it to where I want it to be. I have so many ideas, but just don’t have the time to do it.
The children are growing up so fast, I just want time to stop for a while, so I can catch my breath. I want to look back in a few years time when the kids have grown and remember all the fun we have had together.
Life is tough at the moment with the children so young, but I am loving it